Monthly Archives: November 2013

Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 – Beverly Hills, California

November 25, 2013

Laemmle’s Monica 4 – Santa Monica, California

November 23 & 24, 2013

University of West Georgia – Carrollton, Georgia

November 21, 2013

Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 – Pasadena, California

November 15–21, 2013

Laemmle’s Claremont 5 – Claremont, California

November 16 & 17, 2013

Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland, Ohio

November 15 & 17, 2013

Muse/ique at the Avon Distribution Center – Pasadena, California

November 11, 2013

Bear Tooth Theatrepub – Anchorage, Alaska

November 11, 2013

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, The Ritz – Austin, Texas

November 11, 2013

Roz Cron and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Beaufort is beautiful. Everything is bright green. Huge homes are surrounded by neatly trimmed lawns. Large trees hover everywhere, shading wide, clean-swept sidewalks, verandas. The humid air has a sweet smell to it. Our bus slows down as we drive through the center of this picture-postcard small southern city.

Melba Liston

Melba Liston was a trombone player who was nothing less than a force of nature. In addition to being sought after for her second-to-none slide playing, she became widely revered for her jazz arrangements and compositions. She is, without question, one of the unsung heroes of the jazz genre.

Marian McPartland

If ever the word timeless applied to a musical figure, it would be Marian McPartland.

To listen to her radio program, Piano Jazz, which has been running continuously on NPR since 1976, is to hear a woman at ease with great jazz composers like Bill Evans to the most contemporary artists such as Alicia Keyes. Her vast curiosity and sincere interest in other musicians has kept her forever young. And that’s how I found her to be when I first met her in 2007.

Clora Bryant

“Those male trumpet players guard those positions like a bulldog on a bone. We got a tough row to hoe with the trumpet.” So said jazz trumpeter Clora Bryant in an interview for a National Public Radio program in 1993.

One fateful day in 1993 a chance push of a button on my car radio introduced me to Clora Bryant. The program, All-Women Bands of the ‘20s, 30s, and 40s, was an eye (and ear) opener for me. Although I had played trumpet professionally for 30-plus years, I had never heard of Clora or any of the other women on the program.

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